Posts Tagged: NBA

The Colorado Rockies (21-25) are trying to get back to the level that won them 91 games last year and put them in the postseason. There were some hopeful signs last night as starter German Marquez pitched eight shutout innings in a 5-0 win over Pittsburgh that snapped the Rockies four-game losing streak. Colorado will try to make it back-to-back… Read more »

One half of the NBA Final is set as the Golden State Warriors advanced last night after beating Portland, 119-117 in OT, to sweep the Western Conference Final. The East is still to be determined with the Milwaukee Bucks leading the Toronto Raptors 2-1 heading into tonight’s Game 4 at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game,… Read more »

The only thing noticeable in Kevin Durant’s absence from the Golden State lineup is the fact there’s been nothing noticeable in the Warriors’ production. Golden State has yet to lose since Durant was sidelined with a calf strain and are up 3-0 in their Western Conference Finals series against the Trail Blazers with a chance to clinch on Portland’s home… Read more »

The NBA Western Conference Final looks to be all but wrapped up after Golden State’s 110-99 win over Portland last night gave the Warriors a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. Tonight, the Milwaukee Bucks will try to put themselves in the same position as they bring a 2-0 series lead into Toronto for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference… Read more »

The Toronto Raptors looked poised to steal Game 1 on the road against Milwaukee when they entered the fourth quarter with a seven-point lead. But an uncharacteristically bad quarter from Kawhi Leonard (two points) combined with Brook Lopez’ career playoff game (29 points, 11 rebounds) bailed the Bucks out in a 108-100 win. The Raptors will try to rebound tonight… Read more »

Two teams will face each other in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, but all eyes will be on the two best players in the conference as Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo squares off against Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard. In the semis, Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to a relatively easy victory over the Boston Celtics in five games, while Leonard’s Raptors literally needed every… Read more »

It looks to be the battle of the backcourts in the NBA Western Conference Finals as Portland’s Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum matchup against Golden State’s venerable duo of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Both teams advanced with big wins on the road as the Trail Blazers survived a Game 7 in Denver while the Warriors knocked off the Rockets… Read more »

The NHL Western Conference Final opens up tonight in San Jose as the Sharks host the St. Louis Blues in a rematch of the 2016 conference final. Both teams advanced after being taken to the seven-game limit in the semifinal round with the Blues surviving double overtime to beat the Stars in Dallas, while the Sharks were finally able to… Read more »

Last night, the Boston Celtics became the first conference semifinalist to get eliminated as they fell to the Milwaukee Bucks, 116-91. Tonight, the NBA playoffs feature two more teams struggling to stay alive as the Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers look to avoid elimination on their home courts against the Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets, respectively. To get Dunkel’s… Read more »

After dropping the first two games of their conference semifinal series in Golden State, the Houston Rockets broke through with a 126-121 win on their home court over the Warriors Saturday night behind James Harden’s 41 points. Harden and the Rockets will try to knot the series at 2-all tonight with Game 4 set at the Toyota Center. To get… Read more »

While perhaps the most-overlooked series of the NBA playoffs, the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers did give us the best game of the postseason so far when they took Game 3 to four overtimes before the Blazers came away with a 140-137 victory. The win put Portland up 2-games-to-1  in the best-of-seven series that will continue tonight with Game… Read more »

The Columbus Blue Jackets had never made it past the first round of the NHL playoffs before eliminating the Tampa Bay Lightning this year. Now the Blue Jackets can put themselves in a good position to get past the second round as well if they can beat the Boston Bruins tonight. Up 2-1 in the series, Columbus will host Game… Read more »

As expected, Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals between Houston and Golden State had plenty of intensity and plenty of controversy at the end of a 104-100 win for the Warriors. Game 2 is set for tonight at ORACLE Arena and you can get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA playoff schedule by clicking HERE. After… Read more »

The highly anticipated rematch between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors is finally here. In last year’s postseason, Golden State overcame a 3-2 series deficit to Houston after Chris Paul went down with a hamstring injury, and eventually went on to capture its second NBA championship in a row.  This year, the Rockets look to be healthy and advanced… Read more »

There are times when the Golden State Warriors look bored on the basketball court. But if that were the case coming into their first-round playoff series against the LA Clippers, Doc Rivers’ team has certainly gotten the Warriors attention. In a series that wasn’t expected to be close, the Clips have stolen two games on Golden State’s home court and… Read more »

Except for a historic slip in Game 2, the Golden State Warriors have had little trouble handling the LA Clippers in their conference quarterfinal matchup. The defending champs have a chance to finish the series tonight in Game 5 at ORACLE Arena and you can get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA schedule by clicking HERE. Easy… Read more »

The Toronto Raptors stumbled in Game 1 of the quarterfinal series against Orlando, but have put the clamps on the Magic since then. After giving up 104 points in their opening-game loss, the Raptors have held the Magic to 82, 93 and 85 points in the last three games — all Toronto wins. The Raptors have a chance to close… Read more »

The Houston Rockets showed that even without James Harden at his best, they can still win playoff games even on the road. Harden started out 0-for-15 during Game 3 in Utah and finished just 3-of-20, but the Rockets managed to pull out a 104-101 victory over the Jazz that put Houston up 3-0 in their conference quarterfinal series. The Rockets… Read more »

It’s been an up-and-down season for the Boston Celtics and their star point guard, Kyrie Irving. But the Celts were hoping all that would be pushed aside once the playoffs rolled around. So far, so good as Irving has come up big for Boston in each of its first two games against the Pacers — both victories at home. Tonight,… Read more »

The Golden State Warriors have set many records during their reign as the best team in the NBA, but they could doubtless do without the record they set on Monday night. The Warriors blew the biggest lead ever in a playoff game — 31 points — en route to a 135-131 loss to the Clippers at home in Game 2… Read more »

The rough start for the defending champion Boston Red Sox continued yesterday as the Bosox were shut down by James Paxton and the Yankees, 8-0. Boston’s 6-12 start is its worst since the 1996 season when they opened at 3-15. Alex Cora’s team will see if it can at least salvage a split in the mini two-game set with the… Read more »

When the Red Sox and Yankees meet, there’s usually first place on the line. But right now, the two teams just need some Ws under their belts. The defending champion Red Sox come into the mini two-game series with an anemic 6-11 record. The Yankees aren’t much better at 6-9. And both will look for better outings tonight from a… Read more »

The Golden State Warriors took care of business with their 121-104 victory in Game 1 of their playoff series with the LA Clippers, but still allowed the Clips to get under their skin as Kevin Durant was tossed along with LA’s Patrick Beverly during a late-game squabble. The Warriors vow to play with more poise tonight as Game 2 tips… Read more »

Home court advantage didn’t amount to much during Day 1 of the NBA playoffs as three of the four visiting teams stole victories. One team that hopes that trend continues in Day 2 is the Oklahoma City Thunder (49-33), who open their Western Conference playoff series as a No. 6 seed on the road this afternoon against the No. 3… Read more »

The NBA playoffs get started today with four games on the schedule, including the Golden State Warriors begin their quest for a rare three-peat as league champions. The Warriors (57-25) are the No. 1 seed in the West and open at home against the No. 8 seed L.A. Clippers (48-34). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full… Read more »

The Penguins and Islanders play Game 2 of their first round series tonight at Nassau Coliseum. While the Isles won a back-and-forth struggle in the opener, 4-3 in overtime, the Penguins forced an up-tempo contest against the team that allowed the fewest goals in the league (169) during the regular season. To get Dunkel’s pick for tonight’s game and the… Read more »

The first day of the NHL playoffs was filled with upsets, including the top seed in the East and President’s Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning falling to the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3. Day 2 begins tonight with three games on the schedule, including the No. 1 seed in the West — the Calgary Flames (50-25-7) — opening its series at home… Read more »

The NHL playoffs open tonight with five games on the schedule. While the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals don’t begin their series against Carolina until tomorrow night, their rival in the Eastern Conference — the Pittsburgh Penguins (44-26-12) — open up on the road against the New York Islanders (48-27-7). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the… Read more »

The Denver Nuggets (53-27) were at one time vying for the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Western Conference playoffs. But as we enter the last week of the NBA regular season, the Nuggets now find themselves trying to fend off hard-charging Houston for the No. 2 slot. Tonight, Denver will head to a place where it’s lost eight straight… Read more »

The Russell Westbrook show continues today as the Oklahoma City Thunder (46-33) visit the Minnesota Timberwolves (36-43). On Tuesday, Westbrook became the only other player not named Wilt Chamberlain to record a 20-point, 20-assist, and 20-rebound game. Then on Thursday, he became the first player in league history to average a triple-double for three consecutive seasons. Aside from Westbrook’s record-setting… Read more »

College basketball’s Final Four is set for today in Minneapolis starting at 6:09 pm EST with the Auburn Tigers (30-9) facing the Virginia Cavaliers (33-3), followed by the Texas Tech Red Raiders (30-6) taking on the Michigan State Spartans (32-6). To get Dunkel’s picks for both these games, click HERE. The Philadelphia 76ers (49-30) haven’t looked like a team ready… Read more »

The injuries are coming faster than the wins right now for the New York Yankees. Yesterday, the Yanks lost another player to injury as Troy Tulowitzki was forced to leave the game against Detroit with a calf strain. The result was a 2-1 setback to the Tigers that dropped New York’s record to 2-4. Manager Aaron Boone will try to… Read more »

The future was supposed to be bright for the Washington Wizards with young stars John Wall and Bradley Beal poised to have them contending in the Eastern Conference. But injuries to Wall and disappointing performances from others have the Wiz sitting at 32-46 this season and out of the playoff picture. The collapse resulted in the team firing president Ernie… Read more »

The much-anticipated return of Bryce Harper to DC takes place tonight as the Phillies (3-0) open a two-game set against the Nationals (1-2). Harper rejected the Nats’ $300 million offer at the end of last season and signed a $330 million, 13-year deal with the division-rival Phillies — at the time the richest contract in baseball until Mike Trout passed… Read more »

It looks like reigning NL MVP Christan Yelich has picked up right where he left off last year. The Brewers’ outfielder hit his fourth HR of the season yesterday, tying a record for starting the season with HRs in four consecutive games held by Willie Mays (1971), Mark McGwire (1998), Nelson Cruz (2011), Chris Davis (2013) and Trevor Story (2016)…. Read more »

After a disappointing, injury-plagued first season in Chicago, the Cubs were hoping for a new and improved Yu Darvish as he made his first start of the 2019 campaign yesterday. Instead, Darvish turned in the shortest outing of his career as he lasted only 2 2/3 innings while walking a career-high seven batters during the Cubs 8-6 loss to the… Read more »

The St. Louis Cardinals were hoping for a power surge when they acquired Paul Goldschmidt from the Diamondbacks and it took less than a week into the new season for them to get it. Last night, Goldschmidt connected for 3 HRs and 5 RBI while leading the Redbirds to a 9-5 win over the Brewers that knotted the series up… Read more »

The MLB season started with a bang yesterday in Los Angeles. In fact, there were eight of them as the Dodgers set a record for most home runs in an opening-day game. The eight bombs also tied a franchise record set back in 2002 when Shawn Green hit four of them. The outburst was all part of a 12-5 rout… Read more »

Two teams advanced to the semifinals of the NIT last night as Wichita State upset Indiana, 73-63, and TCU took care of Creighton, 71-58. Tonight, the NIT will round out its Final Four for NYC as the final two semis take place with Lipscomb (27-7; No. 56 in Dunkel’s power rankings) heading to NC State to face the Wolfpack (24-11;… Read more »

In college basketball, the break between rounds in the NCAA Tournament continues while the focus shifts to the secondary tournaments, including the NIT where tonight two teams will punch their tickets to New York City with quarterfinal matchups between Wichita State (21-14) and Indiana (19-15) followed by Creighton (20-14) and TCU (22-13). To get Dunkel’s picks for these contests as… Read more »

The first two rounds on the NCAA Tournament are in the books with all the top seeds advancing, although Duke needed a last-minute put-back by RJ Barrett and near-miss by UCF at the buzzer to survive the Knights, 77-76, on Sunday. The tourney takes a few days off before resuming with the regional semifinals on Thursday and Friday, but in… Read more »

The second round of the NCAA Tournament started out with some lopsided scores and Cinderella teams like Murray State and Wofford departing. Day 2 could offer up similar mismatches as the top seeds taking the court — Duke, Virginia and North Carolina — are all double-digit favorites in Vegas. The action begins at 12:10 with Iowa (23-11; No. 38 in… Read more »

The first round of the NCAA Tournament is complete with all the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 seeds advancing. The top seed to fall was at No. 4 as Kansas State lost to UC-Irvine, 70-64, on Friday. The highest-rated team in the Dunkel power rankings not to advance was Nevada (No. 18), which fell on Thursday to Florida, 70-61. The… Read more »

The first full day of the NCAA Tournament brought plenty of nail-biting moments and a few upsets. But the top seed in action — Gonzaga — had little trouble putting away Fairleigh Dickinson, 87-49. Day 2 features the other three No. 1 seeds — Duke, North Carolina and Virginia — in their first round matchups and tips off today at… Read more »

The field of 64 is set and the unofficial holiday known as the NCAA Tournament kicks into high gear today beginning at 12:15 with Minnesota (21-13; No. 61 in Dunkel’s power rankings) and their head coach Richard Pitino facing his dad’s former team, Louisville (20-13; No. 27), in Des Moines, Iowa. The wall-to-wall hoops will be capped off with Syracuse… Read more »

Belmont and Fairleigh Dickinson advanced to the Round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament last night, setting the stage for the last half of the First Four contests tonight in Dayton. The first matchup pits MEAC champion North Carolina Central (18-15; No. 283 in Dunkel’s power rankings) against Summit champ North Dakota State (18-15; No. 203). That will be followed… Read more »

The NCAA Tournament officially tips off tonight in Dayton with the first two of the First Four games. The opener features Northeast Conference champ Fairleigh Dickinson (20-13; No. 212 in Dunkel’s power rankings) against SWAC Conference champ Prairie View (22-12; No. 232). That will be followed by two at-large teams as the Belmont Bruins (26-5; No. 46) face the Temple… Read more »

Despite losing to St. Mary’s in the West Coast Conference Tournament final, the Gonzaga Bulldogs (30-3) head into this week’s NCAA Tournament ranked No. 1 in Dunkel’s final regular-season power rankings. The Bulldogs barely edged out a Duke Blue Devils team (29-5) that rode the return of Zion Williamson all the way to the ACC Tournament championship. The other top… Read more »

The conference tourneys wrap up today with a No. 1 seed in the NCAA’s still a possibility for the Tennessee Volunteers (29-4; No. 4 in Dunkel’s power rankings). Yesterday, the Volunteers overcame an eight-point deficit in the last 2:58 to knock off Kentucky, 82-78. That set up an SEC Tournament final against the Auburn Tigers (25-9; No. 18), who advanced… Read more »

The Big East final tonight features one expected team and one surprise. On the expected front is the Villanova Wildcats (24-9; No. 15 in Dunkel’s power rankings), who advanced with wins over Providence and Xavier. The surprise team is the Seton Hall Pirates (20-12; No. 49), who knocked off Georgetown and Marquette en route to the championship game. The teams… Read more »